By Peter Russell

With the demise of Australian-built Holden Commodores, there is growing unrest amongst the brand's fans.

Holden will cease production of the Aussie-made Commodores in October.  This mirrors similar end dates for Ford Falcon and Toyota Camry.

Many motoring writers have raved about the final models, giving them very high ratings as the best of marque but things are about to change dramatically.

Punters are very protective of the Commodore as a household name, and social media posts reflect that. There is a lot of feeling that the imported Opel-based replacement should not be called Commodore.

There are a few problems with this approach. Commodore is traditionally a medium to large rear-wheel-drive, 6-cylinder vehicle with options for V8 and manual.

The coming new Opel "Commodore" is none of the above, with a base configuration of auto, 4-cylinder with front-wheel-drive. An expensive top of the range model will be available in V6, 4WD, auto but no manual available and definitely no V8.

This has provided a window for Hyundai and Kia who both plan to release a medium-sized 6-cylinder, RWD model. The's Kia's "Stingray" is far closer to what the Aussie public would consider a Commodore.

So much so, that the state police forces are currently evaluating the Stingray, with its twin turbo GT, as a replacement for the current fleet of V8s.

Social media pundits are suggesting that Holden should retire the Commodore brand. Maybe they should or have a long hard look at what the Australian public wants in a family car.

One punter commented on Facebook: "The new Commodore will be a Claytons Commodore - the Commodore you have when you're not having a Commodore."

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